HEUVELTON - Survive and Advance has become the mantra of postseason tournaments in all sports, at all levels.
The Section 10 Class D Girls Basketball Tournament began with preliminary games on Tuesday and the theme is Advance and Then Try To Survive as Heuvelton, Lisbon, Hermon-DeKalb and Harrisville all posted one-sided wins home to move into matchups with state-ranked opponents in Fridays quarter-final doubleheaders at Potsdam and Massena Central.
Fifth seeded Heuvelton bested St. Regis Falls 70-38 and moved into a match with fourth-seeded Clifton-Fine, a 68-13 winner over Morristown, at Massena Central at 5:30 p.m. C-F dropped out of the states Top 20 this week despite losing to number seven Hammond by just four points on Saturday.
Harrisville faces Hammond, Hermon-DeKalb will meet number 13 Chateaugay and Lisbon will meet number eight Madrid-Waddington.
No. 8 seed Lisbon used a 19-8 first quarter lead to defeat No. 9 seed Colton-Pierrepont, 52-32, to advance to play No. 1 seed M-W at Massena on Friday at 7:45. No. 7 seed Harrisville eliminated Edwards-Knox 61-36 and will play No. 2 seed Hammond at Potsdam Central at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
No. 6 seed Hermon-DeKalb used a 61-31 win over Parishville-Hopkinton to advance to play No. 3 seed Chateaugay at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Potsdam Central.
The Class D1 and Class D2 championship games are slated for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at SUNY Canton.
Heuvelton 70 - St. Regis 38: We lost to Clifton-Fine in overtime at our place and we lost to them by six points at their place. We know we have to defend Hunter Hitchman well but I think our main key to get out and run on that big court, said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
All of our players except two scored tonight and Rachel Coughler came up from the JVs and did a good job getting four rebounds. St. Regis Falls played hard all the way and they have a class program. Every single one of their girls came over afterwards wished us good luck.
Alexis Weidner scored eight of her 10 points sparking the Bulldogs (13-6) out to a 23-6 first quarter lead and was one of eight Bulldogs to eventually score six points or more.
Logan Tallman (3 steals) scored a game-high 13 points and Olivia St. Pierre (5 steals, 4 rebounds) netted 11 points. Kylie Piercey (6 rebounds) tallied eight points and Ashlyn Piercey and Rachel Thornhill each tallied seven.
Maddie St. Pierre (7 rebounds) finished with six points and Hannah Thornhill passed out four assists.
The trio of Brittany Rondeau (12 points, 5 rebounds), Kaitlyn White (10 points, 4 assists) and Jenna Susice (7 points) led the Saints (1-12).
St. Regis Coach Wilbur Bailey cited the Saints for their work ethic and chemistry and looks forward to next season with great enthusiasm.
Our girls played hard this year but we had three season-ending injuries. We will have a good group back and our JVs went 10-5 so we are going to be in good shape, said Bailey who has several sports at the Franklin County School for many years.
Lisbon 52, C-P 32: A stingy 2-2-1 press created some early problems for the Colts and Lisbon (8-10) took charge and built a 28-10 halftime advantage.
Defensively, we played very well early but we allowed some easy hoops in the second half, said LCS coach Dick Marcellus.
Jackie Sovie delivered 20 points for the Knights while Beth Crowley added 15. Both Jackie and Beth did a good job rebounding. Each definately had 10 or more, said Marcellus.
Alex Amo added eight points while Emily Dishaw provided seven and Gabby Walker was cited for a solid job running the point.
Morgan Doyle scored 22 points for C-P (7-12). Kylie McKinley hit three three-pointers for nine points and Eve Whalen chipped in a free-throw.
Hermon-DeKalb 69, P-H 31: A 25-8 third quarter sealed the win for the Demons.
We got off to a good start tonight, said H-D coach Steve Morrill. We play Chateaugay next and weve got to play our A game.
Courtney Harrington worked the paint for 20 points and Bridget Rust delivered four threes in a 19 point effort for H-D (11-8). Clarissa Davis added 17 including three threes.Kody Perkins scored seven, Brianna Hayes tallied six and Nicole White chipped in five for the Panthers (2-13).
Harrisville 61, E-K 36: Kathleen Coloney pumped in 21 points and posted six rebounds and Chelsea Pierce added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds leading Pirates (9-9) past the Cougars (2-16).
Georgi Baker and Hannah Weaver each scored seven for the winners.
Jadilynn Bullock tallied 13 points for E-K and Kali Sharpstene added 10.
C-F 68, Morristown 13: Morgan Skeldon worked the paint to score 26 points to go with 19 rebounds, five steals, six blocks, and two assists leading the Eagles (15-4).
Hunter Hitchman tallied 21 points, 11 steals, eight rebounds and eight assists while Alexis Pomerville added 14 points, six boards, three steals and three assists. Bailey Holmes scored five points and Mackenzie Barse added four for MCS.
Brushton-Moira advanced to the semi-final round of the Class C Tournament with a 40-34 win over Norwood-Norfolk. The Panthers (7-10) face No. 1 seed Canton on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in Canton.
B-M took a 18-12 at halftime with a 13-4 second quarter run. Caitlyn LaPaige scored nine points and Mackenize King and Danielle Trimm each tallied eight points leading a balanced effort which also saw Miada McCarthy score seven.
Ayanna Mason paced N-N (4-16) with 12 points. Carlea Weaver added eight while Miranda Langtry scored six.